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Hearing held for Mercer County man in ‘shaken baby’ case

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) The preliminary hearing was held for a Mercer County man facing child abuse charges involving an infant.

Michael David Coffee, 30, appeared in magistrate court Tuesday where it was determined there was enough evidence to be bound over to grand jury.

According to court documents, Michael David Coffey, 30, of Bluefield, WV was caring for his girlfriend’s five-month-old on April 11, 2018 while she was at work. When she returned home later that evening, Coffey told her he believed the child had a seizure about an hour before her arrival.

The child was first taken to Princeton Community Hospital and later to an intensive care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Doctors there said the victim suffered extensive head trauma.

Coffey was interviewed by the state police on May 4. He told troopers the child vomited multiple times while in his care and slept several hours. The alleged abuse happened at a home on Clemson Circle in Princeton.

On August 6, a physician at Roanoke Memorial told troopers “the injuries to the victim most likely occurred directly prior to when the victim began vomiting and became lethargic.”

The child survived the ordeal. However, we do not know any further details about the child’s condition.

Coffee is facing charges for child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Paul Hess

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